Neck & Back: Degenerative Disc Disease


Degenerative disc disease is the wear and tear on discs in the spine that cause reduced function or damaged disc structure. This most commonly occurs in the lower back and neck, and can result from the natural process of aging, a traumatic injury, repetitive movement, infection or even smoking.




Signs and symptoms of an Degenerative Disc Disease may include:
  • Lower back pain
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced range of movement
Medications

Anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended to relieve back pain. Supplements such as Glucosamine may also be helpful.

Physical Therapy

Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.

Surgery

When conservative treatment fails, and daily activities become unmanageable, surgery such as spinal fusion or artificial disc replacement may be considered.